France has a problem: bedbugs. The recent outbreak has captured government officials’ attention, especially in the run-up to the 2024 Olympics, when millions of visitors are expected to descend on Paris. The deputy mayor recently warned that “no one is safe” from a bedbug infestation, fueling anxiety among residents of the French capital and people planning to travel there.
It’s not just France that has an issue with the insects, which prefer to feed on human blood. They are a persistent problem all over the world, from the United States to Australia. And despite their name, the insects are not just found in the bedroom. In fact, they can be found just about everywhere.
Here’s what to know about bedbugs and how to check for an infestation.